NextGen and AIP funding, but no user fees, in President’s new budgetFebruary 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
The White House on Feb. 14 released a budget that avoided user fees, provided funding to advance NextGen modernization, and set aside money specifically for improvement projects at general aviation airports.
“This is a long and extraordinarily complex document, and a complete review of all the language and nuances takes time,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller. “But our initial reading indicates that the president has recognized the need to modernize our aviation system while maintaining critical infrastructure—all funded by a tried-and-true system of excise taxes and general fund contributions. All of us in the general aviation community find this encouraging.”
The president’s budget sets aside $1.24 billion for NextGen modernization, an increase of $370 million over 2010 funding. NextGen refers to a range of initiatives designed to raise capacity, improve safety, increase efficiency, and enhance communication within the national air transportation system. At the heart of NextGen is the transition from a ground-based to a satellite-based air traffic control system as well as new in-cockpit technologies that will help pilots improve their situational awareness of everything from traffic to weather. [Full story]